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From the coral reefs of Barbados to the jungles and fabled cities of the Orinoco and on to the great sea battle with the Spanish Armada, this vibrant novel captures the daring spirit of Elizabethan adventurers who sailed with Sir Francis Drake.
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Westward Ho, Jeeves!

The narrator's languid and urbane delivery is as completely at odds with the notion of a vibrant and daring tale of Elizabethan derring-do as can be imagined. It might be perfect for PG Wodehouse or Evelyn Waugh, but is completely miscast here. I gave up after about an hour. Very disappointing.

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  • Paul
  • 10-09-16

As good as it gets

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A wonderful tale that belies its age. Storytelling at its very best.

What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Davidson's mastery of his difficult craft always extracts the very best from every story he reads. In this instance, Kingsley's very English story deserves to be read by a competent reader of English - which Davidson certainly is. Not a single mis-step. Perfect pace. Every witty line delivered as intended. As good as it gets.

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  • gbreite
  • 21-10-04

Listen to the sample first

There may be book here, but I couldn?t get past the reader to hear it. Davidson?s narration is unbearably self-important and snobbish; his characterizations absurd caricatures. He may have his audience, but it does not include this fan of the Age of Sail.

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  • William
  • 01-11-04

Words

I gave Westward Ho four stars. Two for the quality of the words and two for the volume

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